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The Association

Posted on May 20, 2017 in 60s, Psychedelic, ROCK/POP

The Association was one of the more underrated groups to come out of the mid- to late ’60s. Creators of an enviable string of hits from 1966 through 1969, they got caught in a shift in popular culture and the unwritten criteria for significance in that field and never recovered. The group’s smooth harmonies and pop-oriented sound made them regular occupants of the highest reaches of the pop charts for two years…

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The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

Posted on May 15, 2017 in 60s, Experimental, Psychedelic, ROCK/POP

One of the more offbeat acts to emerge during the psychedelic era, the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band were certainly eclectic and ambitious enough to live up to their slightly clumsy moniker, capable of jumping from graceful folk-rock to wailing guitar freakouts to atonal, multilayered, avant-garde compositions at a moment’s notice, but they also reflected a strongly divided creative mindset, with Bob Markley, the lyricist and leader of the group, on one side and the rest of the band on the other…

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Junior Parker

Posted on May 10, 2017 in BLUES, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

His velvet-smooth vocal delivery to the contrary, Junior Parker was a product of the fertile postwar Memphis blues circuit whose wonderfully understated harp style was personally mentored by none other than regional icon Sonny Boy Williamson. Herman Parker, Jr. only traveled in the best blues circles from the outset. He learned his initial licks from Williamson and gigged with the mighty Howlin’ Wolf while still in his teens…

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Posted on May 5, 2017 in Contemporary, Indie, ROCK/POP

The folky indie pop band Stornoway take their name from a town in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, but the group hails from Oxford, England. Singer/guitarist Brian Briggs, keyboardist/string player Jonathan Ouin, and bassist Ollie Steadman and drummer Rob Steadman (a pair of brothers from South Africa) formed the band while they were attending Oxford University; the well-studied band includes an ornithologist and a Russian translator…

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T-Bone Walker

Posted on May 1, 2017 in BLUES, Rhythm & Blues

Modern electric blues guitar can be traced directly back to this Texas-born pioneer, who began amplifying his sumptuous lead lines for public consumption circa 1940 and thus initiated a revolution so total that its tremors are still being felt today. Few major postwar blues guitarists come to mind that don’t owe T-Bone Walker an unpayable debt of gratitude…

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Dalek I Love You

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 in 70s, ALTERNATIVE, New Wave, Synthpop

Like so many memorable bands of the post-punk era, Dalek I Love You emerged from Liverpool rising out of the Eric’s Club scene which also launched Echo and the Bunnymen and the Teardrop Explodes. Formed from the ashes of the group Radio Blank, Dalek I Love You was founded in November 1977 by guitarist Alan Gill and bassist David Balfe…

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Tim Rose

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 in 60s, Folk Rock, ROCK/POP, Singer/Songwriter

A nearly forgotten singer/songwriter of the ’60s, Tim Rose’s early work bore a strong resemblance to another Tim working in Greenwich Village around 1966-1967 — Tim Hardin. Rose also favored a throaty blues folk-rock style with pop production flourishes, though he looked to outside material more, wasn’t quite in Hardin’s league as a singer or songwriter, and had a much harsher, even gravelly vocal tone…

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The Chameleons

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Post-punk

The atmospheric pop band the Chameleons formed in Manchester in 1981 from the ashes of a number of local groups … after establishing themselves with a series of high-profile BBC sessions, the Chameleons signed to Epic and debuted with the EP Nostalgia, a tense, moody set produced by Steve Lillywhite which featured the single “In Shreds”…

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Billy Fury

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 in 60s, Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP, Rockabilly

In the early days of British rock & roll, there were dozens of contenders for stardom: Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard, and Marty Wilde were among the players who rose to the challenge for at least a few years. Billy Fury, by contrast, was the real article from day one, and never really surrendered the title. He was also the most prodigiously talented of his generation of British rock ‘n roll singers, a songwriter of considerable ability, and a decent actor as well…

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The Wedding Present

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie, Post-punk

Emerging in the wake of the Smiths’ demise as the U.K.’s most successful indie pop band during the late ’80s, the Wedding Present were founded in Leeds, England, in 1985. Formed from the ashes of the short-lived Lost Pandas, the Weddoes (as they were affectionately dubbed by fans) were essentially the vehicle of singer/songwriter David Gedge, the only constant member throughout the group’s tumultuous history…

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